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Musica Triste Estonian Flute Concertos - Eduard TUBIN (1905-1982) Concerto for flute and string orchestra - Kundar SINK (1942-95) Concertino for flute, strings and percussion (1960) - Eino TAMBERG (b.1930) Musica triste for flute, vibraphone and strings, op. 85 (1991) - Heino JÜRISALU (1930-91) Concerto for flute and orchestra (1969) Maarika Järvi, flute Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Kristjan Järvi - Recorded Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, 7th September, 2000 (Tubin), 6th September 2000 (Sink), 1st April, 2001 (Tamberg), 5th September 2000 (Tamberg). FINLANDIA 0927-42991 [59:07] [GPJ]

Superbly secure and musically intelligent readings; no mean feat, with music as challenging and diverse as this. see Full Review

Nuit Resplendissante French Opera Arias Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864) Les Huguenots: Non, vous navez jamais, je gage, Le Prophète: Donnez, donnez pour une pauvre âme Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Les Troyens: Je vais mourir; Adieu, fière cité Charles Louis Ambroise THOMAS (1811-1896) Mignon: Connais-tu le pays Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Sapho: Où suis-je; Ô ma lyre immortelle, Roméo et Juliette: Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître; Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle, Cinq-Mars: Par quel trouble profond suis-je ici ramenée; Nuit resplendissante Edouard LALO (1823-1892)
Le Roi dYs: De tous cotés japerçois dans la plaine; Lorsque je tai vu soudain repaître Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Samson et Dalila: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Le Cid: De cet affreux combat je sors lâme brisée; Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano) Munich Radio Orchestra/Frédéric Chaslin Recorded 9-13.07.2001, Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich RCA RED SEAL 74321 67667 2 [53' 40"] [CH]

Kasarova reveals the essence of each piece she has chosen; she is surely set to become one of the major artists of our times. see Full Review

Vol. 1. Robert BUSBY: Up with the Lark. Arthur BENJAMIN: Jamaican Rumba. Charles WILLIAMS: The Voice of London; Rhythm on Rails; Hey Diddle Diddle; Trolley Bus; Devils Galop. Robert FARNON: Jumping Bean; Portrait of a Flirt; Pictures in the Fire; High Street; Jaj Mahal; Willie the Whistler. Frederic CURZON: Boulevardier. Sidney TORCH: Shooting Star; On a Spring Note; Wagon Lit; Barbecue; Radio Romantic. Clive RICHARDSON: Holiday Spirit; Melody on the Move. Armstrong GIBBS: Dusk. Eric COATES: Eighth Army March. Clifton PARKER: The Glass Slipper. Len STEVENS: Cinema Foyer; Dance of the Blue Marionettes; Hurly-Burly. Peter YORKE: Sapphires and Sables. Haydn WOOD: Prelude from Moods Suite.
Vol. 2. Jack STRACHEY: Top of the Bill. Vivian ELLIS: Alpine Pastures. Joyce COCHRANE: Honey Child. "Colin SMITH" (Lloyd THOMAS): Looking Around. Geoffrey HENMAN: Champagne March. Robert FARNON: Proud Canvas; The Huckle-Buckle. James MOODY: Palm Beach Promenade. Richard ADDINSELL: Drifting. Jack BEAVER: News Theatre. Haydn WOOD: Snapshots of London Suite. Tony LOWRY: Seascape. Sidney TORCH: Meandering; Amore Mio. Peter YORKE: Quiet Countryside. ERIC SIDAY: Luna Park. Robert BUSBY: Orchid Room. Charles WILLIAMS: They Ride By Night; Exhilaration. Clive RICHARDSON: Jamboree; Outward Bound. Philip GREEN: Pan American Panorama. Michael NORTH: Coliseum March. John HOLLIDAY: Punchinello. Mark LUBBOCK: Moon Lullaby. Montague PHILLIPS: Waltz from Dance Revels.

DUTTON VOCALION CDEA 6021 and 6061 [130.00?] [PS]

Some observers regard such miniatures with contempt, but there is obviously skill and musicianship in capturing a mood in three minutes or less and simultaneously thinking up a recognisable, frequently attractive tune. see Full Review

Samuel RAMEY (bass)  A Date With The Devil - arias from the operas - BERLIOZ La Damnation de Faust - MEYERBEER Robert le Diable - BOITO Mefistofele - OFFENBACH Les contes dHoffmann - GOUNOD Faust - STRAVINSKY The Rakes Progress - Münchner Rundfunk Orchester/Julius Rudel - Recorded München October 2000 NAXOS 8.555355 [55.04] [JN]

That noble timbre, maybe never over-rich but nevertheless distinct and personal, has lost its sheen and much of its colour. see Full Review

Richard RODGERS (1902-79) and Lorenz HART (1895-1943) The Ultimate Rodgers and Hart, Vol. 3 Original Cast recordings of excerpts from Too Many Girls (1939) The Boys from Syracuse (1938) Higher and Higher (1940) Pal Joey (1940) Up and Doing (1940) They Met in Argentina (1941) By Jupiter (1942) Words and Music (film 1948) Young Man with a Horn (film 1950) Mary Jane Walsh, Diosa Costello, Allan Jones, Shirley Ross, Gene Kelly, Patricia Burke, Alberto Vila, Ray Boggier, Mel Torme, Lena Horn, Perry Como, Doris Day Various orchestras and conductors (unknown) PEARL GEM 0118 [62.52] [RW]

A number of the musical titles will be unknown to the reader but some tracks are still well known and have stood the test of time....see Full Review

Romantic Swiss Song - Robert FREUND (1852-1936) Five Songs Op. 4: Der schwere abend (Lenau) *; Nun die schatten dunkeln (Geibel) ; Viel Vögel (Hammerling) ; Frage nicht (Lenau) *; Blick in dem Strom (Lenau) * Othmar SCHOECK (1886-1957) Das Fraulein am meer (Heine) Perlen (anon) Gefunden (Goethe) Vergangenheit (Lenau) * Stummer Abschied (anon) * Lebewohl! (Lenau) * Volkslied (anon) Kinderliedchen (anon) Schlaf' ein, lieb Kind (anon) * Paul KLETZKI (1900-1973) Four Songs Op. 2: Nebel (Lenau) *; Trost (Storm) ; Schliesse mir die Augen beide (Storm) ; Bitte (Lenau) * Night Songs Op. 3: Nachts (Eichendorff) ; Nacht für Nacht (Dehmel) ; Winternacht (Lenau) * Robert BOSSHART (1899-1937) Bitte (Bosshart) * Ewige Sehnsucht (aus Einsame Insel) (Bosshart) * Volkmar ANDREAE (1879-1962) Mond am Tage op. 12 no. 1 (Conrad Ferdinand Meyer) Der Schmied op. 12. No.3 (Walter Schädeln) Requiem Op. 10 No. 1 (Meyer) * Alte Schweizer Op. 12 No. 2 (Meyer) * Louise Innes (mz-sop) Peter Van Hulle (ten) William Coleman (bar) * Edward Rushton (piano) rec St Paul's School. London, 13-15 Apr 2001, DDD GUILD GMCD 7237 [53.42] [RB]

Get this is you are hooked on the dark waters of the German lied-romantics. ... see Full Review

Rubin Quartet: Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartet in D minor, Op 42 (1785) [13.46] Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) String Quartet in G minor, Op 10 (1893) [26.01] Anton von WEBERN (1883-1945) Six Bagatelles for string quartet, Op 9 (1911/13) [4.28] Jean-Christophe FELDHANDLER (born 1962)"Nacht und Nacht" (1994) [8.44] Rubin Quartet - recorded May 1995 at the Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen DDD ARTE NOVA CLASSICS 74321 90069-2 [PJL]

An absorbing recital from a group I feel certain well be hearing more of: a space worth watching see Full Review

Daniel Shafran, cello: Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Cello Concerto - Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Cello Concerto - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Divertimento in D arr Piatigorsky - Manuel de FALLA (1876-1946) Suite Populaire Espagnol arr Marechal - Ritual Fire Dance - Daniel Shafran, cello - Nina Musinyan, piano - State Orchestra of Russia conducted by Kyril Kondrashin (Schumann) State Orchestra of Russia conducted by Dmitri Kabalevsky (Kabalevsky) Recorded 1952 (Kabalevsky) 1957 other items OMEGA CLASSICS OCD 1026 [6615] [JW]

Raw and alive with excited and expressive musicianship. see Full Review

SONATAS and FANTASIES Nicolo PAGANINI (1782- 1840) (arr. Slava Grigoryan) Caprice in A minor, Op1 No.24; Theme (Quasi presto) Var. I-XI Finale Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829) Grand Overture, Op.61 Variations on a Theme of Handel Harmonious Blacksmith" Op.107 Fernando SOR (1778-1839) Variations on a Theme by Mozart "Das klinget so herrlich" (from the Magic Flute), Op.9 Grand Solo (Sonata Prima), Op14 LEncouragement, Op.34 with Leonard Grigoryan, guitar Slava Grigoryan - Guitar
Rec 2001? ABC 427 224-2 [57:27] [AD]

A sweet tone and openness to the sound, which is attractive to the ear see Full Review

Great Violinists: Szigeti - Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 (1844) - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto in D, op. 77 (1879) Joseph Szigeti, violin - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham (Mendelssohn) Hallé Orchestra/Hamilton Harty (Brahms) Recorded September 1933 at Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London, UK (Mendelssohn) and December 1928 at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK (Brahms) NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.110948 [64.12] [WH]

If you can take the sliding Hallé strings and the sound of their principal oboe, these are both performances which are interesting in their own right see Full Review

Arturo Toscanini. Broadcast legacy - Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No 3 - Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909) Notturno, Novelletta - Peter I TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet Overture fantasie - J S BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral Suite No 3 Air - Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No 101 The Clock NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini - Recorded 15 October 1938 (Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Martucci, Tchaikovsky) and 4 April 1942 War Bond Concert (Bach, Haydn) GUILD 2211/12 [11250] [JW]

A distinct lack of piety pervades the performance and thats no bad thing once in a while. see Full Review

Arturo TOSCANINI (1867-1957) Complete Concert and War Bond Concert CD1 Complete Concert, October 1938 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony no.3 in F op. 90 CD2 Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909) - Notturno; Novelletta Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Fantasy Overture Romeo & Juliet War Bond Concert, April 1942 J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Air from Suite no. 3 in D Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony no. 101 in D "The Clock" NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini CD1 recorded 15th October 1938 (venue?) CD2 recorded 4th April 1942 (venue?) GUILD GHCD 2211/12 [1:52:50] [GPJ]

A set well worth having for the Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, which receive the vintage Toscanini treatment. see Full Review

Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Bruno WALTER Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 2 New York Philharmonic Orchestra Rec 29 December 1953, 30th Street Studio, New York City Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rec 5 December 1936, Musikverein, Vienna Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Overture: The Marriage of Figaro British Symphony Orchestra Rec 15 April 1932, Westminster Central Hall, London Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Symphony No. 92 'Oxford' Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Rec 7 May 1938, Théâtre Pigalle, Paris Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Overture: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg British Symphony Orchestra Rec 16 May 1930 Die Walküre, Act 2 Scene 5
Lotte Lehmann (soprano, Sieglinde), Ella Flesch (soprano, Brnnhilde), Lauritz Melchior (tenor, Siegmind), Alfred Jerger (bass, Wotan), Emanuel List (bass, Hunding) Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Kindertotenlieder: No. 1, 'Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n' Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rec 4 October 1942, Kingsway hall, London Symphony No. 5: Adagietto Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rec 15 Jan 1938, Musikverein, Vienna Johann STRAUSS (1825-1899) Overture: Die Fledermaus Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Rec 17 May 1938, Théâtre Pigalle, Paris EMI CLASSICS CZ5 75134 2 [2CDs: 77.29+66.12] [TB]

Firmly in the 'historical' category, with all that description implies. see Full Review

Shirley Verrett: Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Werther:'Je vous écris de ma petite chambre' Hérodiade: 'Je ne l'ai pas trouvée' Manon: 'Allons! Il le faut!' 'Je marche sur tous les chemins' Ernest CHAUSSON (1855-1899) Poème de l'amour et de la mer Shirley Verrett (mezzo-soprano) Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI/Gabriele Ferro - Recorded September 1981, Auditorium di Torino della RAI WARNER FONIT 0927 43341-2 [52.11] [TB]

The recording captures her in good vocal form, particularly in the Massenet. see Full Review

Aga WINSKA (soprano) Romantic inspirations Franz LISZT O lieb', so lang du lieben kannst, Antonin DVORK Kdyz nine stara matka, Antonin DVORK Siroke rukavy, Emmerich KALMÁN Csardas of Mariza: Höre lch Zigeunergeigen, from the operetta Grafin Mariza, Johann STRAUSS Aria of Gabriele: Gruss dich Gott, du liebes Nesterl, from the operetta Wiener Blut, Franz LEHÁR Aria of Hanna Glavari: Es lebt' eine Wilja, from the operetta Die lustige Witwe, Ludomir ROZYCKI Waltz of Caton: To dawny moj znajorny, from the opera Casanova, Stanislaw MONIUSZKO Przasniczka, Gabriel FAURÉ Les Berceaux, Francis POULENC Les chemins de l'amour, Manuel PONCE Estrellita, Giuseppe VERDI Siciliana of Elena: Merce, dilette amiche, from the opera I Siciliani, Vincenzo BELLINI Aria of Elvira: Qui la voce sua soave, from the opera I Puritani, Giacomo PUCCINI Aria of Lauretta: O mio babbino caro, from the opera Gianni Schicchi, Giacomo PUCCINI Aria of Mimi: Si, mi chiamano Mimi, from the opera La Boheme, Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY Dien' li tsarit, Sergei RACHMANINOV Viesiennyie vody - Recorded November 2001. AGAW 2002 [64.35] [RJF]

As expected, her voice and interpretative powers have grown significantly but on this showing there is a price to be paid. see Full Review




The Best Years of British Film Music, 1936 1958 by Jan G. Swynnoe The Boydell Press; 40 243 pages ISBN 0-85115-862-5 [IL]

This book does few favours for British films or British film music. In fact it puts back the appreciation of film music in general by years. Approach with caution.... see Full Review

CAREY BLYTON Short Stories 12.50 FAND MUSIC PRESS, The Barony, 16 Sandringham Rd, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2AA

Short stories - whimsical, ironic, sentimental and one or two autobiographical. All readable and pleasantly written.... see Full Review

Vivian FINE: A Bio-Bibliography by Judith CODY Greenwood Press Bio-Bibliographies in Music, Number 88

Will open the way to Fine scholars the world over as well as shedding illumination for enthusiasts of Fine's music. ...see Full Review

LIGHT MUSIC IN BRITAIN SINCE 1870 Book A survey of the development of Light Music By Geoffrey Self, pp.262 [published 2001]

Makes an enjoyable read for all wanting to widen their knowledge in this area. see Full Review

Arturo TOSCANINI The NBC Years By Mortimer H. Frank Amadeus Press. Hardback 358 pages. $29:95. ISBN 1-57467-069-7

A valuable comprehensive survey of a vital phase in Toscaninis long career and one that corrects many misconceptions about the considerable achievements of one of the 20th centurys greatest maestros. see Full Review


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